The main objective of the event is to promote the practice of a healthy lifestyle and intercultural understanding, cooperation and inclusion behaviours, having the competition as the main activity. It has also a cultural aspect in which the objective is to show the city of Coimbra, known in Portugal as the “city of students”, to the participants and the international student community.
During the event, activities were also developed to make participants more aware of important topics such as gender balanced participation in sports, as well as the practice of Adapted Sports through interactive activities while getting to know some athletes and their realities (Boccia Pro-Section from the Academic Association of Coimbra).
The purpose of the competition is for the winner to represent ESN Portugal at the International Erasmus Games.
It’s also an opportunity for ESN Portugal and its associated local members to create new partnerships and strengthen relationships with already existent ones. Last but not least, it was also fostered among the participants an Environmental Sustainability mentality, raising awareness to the reduction of waste, using reusable glasses and bottles, and distributing water during the event.
The Erasmus National Games are a three-day national event, held in Coimbra, which consists mainly of a sports competition between teams representing ESN Portugal’s local associations together with cultural and social programme activities. The event aims to promote the practice of sports and healthy behaviours and lifestyle, while fostering intercultural understanding and raising awareness for gender equality and adapted sports.
The main organiser of the event is the Sports Coordinator of ESN Portugal, supported by a national organising committee and staff composed of members of the different local associations, with the supervision and support of the National Events Manager and the rest of the National Board.
By organising this activity, the organisers want to contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals